Lion at the Garde


Director: Garth Davis Writers: Saroo Brierley (novel), Larry Buttrose Stars…:      I don’t think I have seen a movie as smart and inspirational as Lion. Following the true story of Saroo Brierly who find his real mother in India after his memory is jogged by a traditional Indian treat. Having been adopted by a loving Australian couple, Saroo starts to look for his family while wrestling with the feelings that he is betraying the two people who raised him. Saroo manages to find his real mother and be reunited with her as well as telling his adoptive parents that his feelings for them have not changed.

But, before the movie there was much prep to be done at the Garde Arts Center in New London, Connecticut. Before the patrons arrived there was popcorn being popped allowing there to be a welcoming aroma of the classic movie treat. The ushers were given their assignments heading into place. Several patrons were waiting in the box office lobby waiting for the doors to open.

Once the doors opened, the patrons started to file in with many of them heading towards the bar for popcorn and a beverage. After that many of them admired the photography in the lobby while looking at posters for upcoming shows like Annie on April 23rd and Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man on May 18th and 19th. Soon, after they headed into the theater where ads for Rhythm in the Night Irish Dance Spectacular on March 26th and Donovan Live on June 3rd.

As the balcony began to fill up the lights flickered signaling the time for the movie to start. After a preview for La La Land on April 2nd, the movie started. The audience was moved by the inspirational story of Saroo from the moment he was lost to the time he was found. When the movie ended the audience burst into applause in awe. Many of the patrons stayed for the credits to see the names of the people behind this magnificent movie. With the final credit announcing the movie is dedicated to Saroo’s older brother Guddu the red curtain falls.

In the lobby, there are people who are still talking about the movie. Shortly after the credits ended many patrons talked about the wonderful feeling Lion had given them as they make their way out. Several of them were reading the poster for “Keep the Marquee Lights on at the Garde” campaign started by local residents. With the Garde starting to empty, there was nothing short of an inspirational feeling over New London, Connecticut with the film Lion.

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